6:18 p.m. PT — Ronnie HillmanIn August, his family released a statement saying Ronnie was diagnosed in August with medullary renal carcinoma, “a rare but highly aggressive form of cancer that primarily affects young African-Americans with sickle cell trait.”
Hillman underwent a course of treatment, but it was not successful. The family says he is being kept comfortable and pain-free in hospice care.
“As a family, we have hope beyond hope, and we have faith that can move mountains,” the family said. “We also understand that God’s will is not always ours, so we as a family submit to the will of our Almighty God.”
“We need your prayers, but at this time we also need your understanding and respect for the privacy of Ronnie and our family.”
Former Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman, a third-round pick in 2012, is in hospice fighting for his life … his former teammates said Tuesday.
Orlando Franklin — who helped block Hillman for three seasons in Denver — first broke the sad news on Twitter … asking Broncos fans to pray for the former tailback.
“He’s in hospice and he’s not doing well,” Franklin said.
Another of Hillman’s former teammates, Derek WolfeIt said later on Tuesday that the 31-year-old was currently battling “bad liver cancer”.
“It’s not a good look,” Wolf continued 104.3 The Fan On Tuesday. “He’s got pneumonia and I’m putting it on just to send him some positive vibes.”
Hillman played for the Broncos from 2012 to 2015 and helped Peyton Manning and the rest of the team win Super Bowl 50. Wolfe remembered him on Tuesday as “a great football player, a great person, a great teammate” and a “one-way great guy.”
Hillman, who starred at San Diego State before starting his NFL career, also played for the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys during his career.
Originally Posted — 3:52 PM PT